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Black Sorority Members React To VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” Show

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The women of the Divine 9 are speaking their minds.

Despite petitioning against the show earlier this year, VH1, the makers of the ‘Love & Hip Hop’ reality TV franchise, have decided to go forward with their new show ‘Sorority Sisters’, which is scheduled to be aired on Monday, Dec. 15th. While many are upset with the network ignoring the request of almost 40,000 petitioners, others are asking what are the next steps to combat the tone and potential discourse surrounding the show. In this episode of the Beyond This Place VLOG, two proposed perspectives on ways people can voice their displeasure with VH1 and the premise of “Sorority Sisters” are brought to the table.

Watch the video below to find out what women of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho have to say about their thoughts on the show. Do you agree with them? Let us know in the comment section below.

Beyond This Place is an independent documentary project that examines the rich culture of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs). Born during the Jim Crow era of American history, Black Fraternities and Sororities have helped to shape the social, political and cultural consciousness of post-emancipated America. Through personal stories, academic analysis, photographs and archival footage, Beyond This Place seeks to examine the history of BGLOs while at the same time posing a complex question: “What is the role of Black Greek Letter Organizations in the 21st Century?”

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  1. meemeelovely

    December 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I appreciate your perspective but to keep it all the way real, I find it hard to take you serious. I can’t make it past your color contacts.

    • Cornu Copia

      December 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      ^^^^^^if your weak little mind is that easily distracted then this page is NOT for you. Go back to watching your videos and reality shows since thats apparently the extent of your intelligence and your patience.

      • meemeelovely

        December 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        I don’t do the online debate thing, however I was wrong in that it appears that his eye color is authentic. That said, I’m tired of black bourgeoisies and their elitist “they’re making us look bad” commentary on whats happening in and to the black community. The women potrayed are women who exist.

        • Jarrad Henderson

          December 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

          I’m so glad you figured that out….so I will say thank you for the compliment. Haha.

        • Cornu Copia

          December 20, 2014 at 3:17 am

          your initial response was about the man’s eye color and your failure to appreciate his message was because of that. So you pretty much killed anyone’s ability to take you seriously. Have a nice life and go back to sleep!

          • meemeelovely

            December 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

            Lol, I can’t resist. Discern the simularities between my comment and ^^^^^ that comment. Lol, difference being I can admit when I’m wrong. I’ll leave you to live your life a member of the blog gestapo and move forward with my message. As the gentleman who created this article has.

          • Cornu Copia

            December 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm

            Nevermind dear. Just go back to sleep.

  2. nickeyd

    December 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    ive been crawling to my bedroom since last night. Slain in the spirit crying, “O’ My Shield!” ALL. NIGHT. I even Heard Fortitude walked off Howard’s campus last night seen walking down i95 about to bust a turn to 75/85 to Atlanta right now. Im on my way, im going to give her a ride if I see her…oh and I also heard something about Minerva suing for slander…..#sipstea

  3. J Luz

    December 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    These orgs have been around for a while. Why haven’t they united to tackle the major problems of Black America? What about the black Freemasons? What about Sigma Pi Phi? Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? Are they pawns for the elite? Every major city should have college prep programs, teach black history, tutor, mentoring, sports programs, health advocate groups, economic initiatives, etc. What are they doing with all that money? How about the black churches that take in millions of dollars?

    • J Luz

      December 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      GREEK ORGS, what do you think about black people? You do not protest (and many of your members watch) the other shows that degrade our people but when one puts your org in poor light, you become define. Do you care about black people or only your orgs?

    • Jarrad Henderson

      December 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      There are multiple examples of organizations and individuals who are doing the very things you are pointing out. One of my aims with the Beyond This Place project (www.gofundme.com/beyondthisplace) is to show you the good work that is currently being done all across the nation. Your comment lets me know that this is more critical than ever before.

    • th23

      December 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Great points, but I find that when I’m pointing the finger, three are pointing back at me. I no longer ask what other people are doing, I only ask myself what I am doing.

  4. tracy

    December 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Can you imagine reaching out to do community service and describing yourself/your group as AKA/DST/SGR/ZPB and the person on the other line saying, “Like those girls on VH1?” I would be absolutely horrified!!! This show has GOT to go!

    • J'aime Sucer

      December 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      LMAO. You are right.

  5. Kia

    December 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    First of all, if you’re not Greek, this conversation should not even include you because you don’t understand what it means to be Greek. There shouldn’t be any talk about us not uplifting the black community when that’s a huge part of what we do. We perform hundreds of hours of community service work, we support our communities, and we support each other as sisters/brothers. Our letters are a huge representation of who we are as women/men because our orgs are very selective about who they choose. Our founders came together long ago to form these organizations during a time when black people were still being openly discrimated against. These organizations push us to be better people and to shoot for the moon. So to watch these women go on national television and single handedly degrade the principles that out founders built about 100 years ago is the epitome of disrespect. Though I am a finer woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, I also support the lovely ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Sigma Gamma Rho. We all stand on the principles of scholarship, service, and sisterhood. Vh1’s Sorority Sisters displays none of our principles but seeks to divide us even further. The ladies on that show should be ashamed of themselves for behaving in such a way in the name of their prestigious organizations.

    • meemeelovely

      December 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks for helping make my point. Reality Check…you’re not Greek. You are an American of African decent who has joined an organization that was established as a way to become apart of something that was never meant for you. Why should they be more ashamed of themselves then you. Finer woman? Kick rocks. As a highly educated, non-conformist black woman who was expected to pledge but opted (much to the chagrin of my mother, aunts and grandmother) not to, I AM involved in service, scholarship and actively seeking betterment for ALL my people, and I think YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. The reaction by “greeks” to the show, following the scandalous (and shameful) response to the wearing of letters during protests, exemplifies the true nature of these elitist organizations. Power to the people.

      • Jarrad Henderson

        December 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        If you have time for Dr. Kimbrough to break down Black Greek Lettered Organizations…check this out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV9uLtMS4m8 or check out “Stolen Legacy” by George G.M. James and you’ll realize that the way we use “Greek” is completely different than why you think we use it.

        • meemeelovely

          December 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

          With all due respect, you can’t take a house away from its foundation. A legacy that didn’t belong to you can’t be stolen. The problem with what has happened to us as a people is that we have taken on the “when in Rome” attitude, instead of allowing ourselves to be who and what we have always been. What would Socrates say? Was he white? What would Jesus say? Was he white? Egypt, Greece, Rome…I get it and I know the history, and there is a certain sickness that exists when you take on the ideology and customs of your captors instead of returning to the true foundation. The one that was truly stolen.

          • Jarrad Henderson

            December 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

            So, in your opinion what’s the “true” foundation?

          • meemeelovely

            December 19, 2014 at 9:44 am

            I have no idea but I know what it isn’t. Pretend you to stole something of mine, lets say a ring, and then melted it down and turn it into a bracelet. If I eventually find a way to get the bracelet from you, can I claim to have my ring back by wearing the bracelet you turned it into.

          • Cornu Copia

            December 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm

            That made no sense at all. You like to hear yourself talk Im quite certain but just because you can put together a few sentences in proper syntax doesnt mean your thought process behind those words make a lick of sense. You’re all over the place spewing words and phrases but no clear argument or conclusion that explains your principal opposition to the subject matter of this video. Think about what you really want to say and come back again. We’ll wait on you, dear heart.

          • Cornu Copia

            December 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm

            You are correct in saying you “have no idea” and thats part of the
            problem. people without a clue talking the loudest and saying nothing at
            all.

  6. NotYourAvg

    December 25, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I just want to know where all this outrage was when VH1 was exploiting non-greek black men and women. Oh, there was none. You were the same ones parked in front of the TV every week reveling in the coonery – laughing and talking about it at work, amongst other greeks and on social media. Now that it’s hit home it’s a problem? Miss me with the misplaced indignation.

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